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Compensation paid for land lost to upcoming township

DSC_5446The existing Pemagatshel town

Although five years since the plots exchanged hands, for owners, all’s well that ends well Denchi: After a five-year wait, 30 landowners, save for four households, received monetary compensation for the land they lost to the dzongkhag in 2010 for the new Denchi township. The existing town will be shifted to Denchi, about 18km from the gewog office under Shumar gewog in Pemagatshel. A total of Nu 63.301M was paid to the landowners, who together lost about 80 acres of land.  The compensation was paid [... Read More]

Bhutan face Sri Lanka in must win game

ASupport: Afghan fans take a moment for some selfies

SAFF: Bhutan will try to recover from the 8-0 defeated from Nepal when they face Sri Lanka today in a must win game to stay alive in the SAF tournament. But the Bhutanese are against the tough Lankans sitting second in group B. On November 12, Nepal thrashed Bhutan 8-0. Nepal’s Sajana Rana, Anu Lama and Dipa Adhikari scored a brace each, while Menuka Giri and debutant Sabitra Bhandari netted one each. Nepal started attacking from the whistle and could have gone three up in [... Read More]

Human footprint stamps out species

DSC_7112Tarja Halonen and Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji launch the report

The Living Planet Report, 2014 confirms our worst suspicions of the (eco) state of earth WWF: Human demands on nature are unsustainable and increasing so much that, to fulfill the demands of the current generation, the world would need another earth and half. Species populations worldwide have declined by more than 50 percent since 1970, the Living Planet Report, 2014, which was launched yesterday at the Royal Thimphu College, states. According to the living planet index, the state of the world’s bio-diversity appears worse than [... Read More]

A celebration to cement community bonds

IMG_6197The NA speaker graced the occasion

The Changjiji tribute to the fourth Druk Gyalpo may be a first step to a changed colony November 11: On a cold November 11 night, tenants, both old and young, of Changiji housing colony in Thimphu, came out of their homes and gathered at the colony’s park to pay their tribute to His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo. Despite living nearby, a gathering like this is rare in Changiji, because most tenants, being office-goers, don’t get to come together often. However, the event at the [... Read More]

Addressing disaster preparedness

DSC06191icimodParticipants discuss the risk

Critical areas identified for immediate attention to reduce disaster risks Conference: Planned and robust infrastructure, weather systems, secure food-water-health systems, raising public awareness, and strengthening local institutions and governance system were identified as some of the critical areas that needed urgent attention to reduce disaster risks. The issue emerged while discussing ‘Predicting uncertainties: The challenges of disaster preparedness’ in Kathmandu, after some participants and panelists from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan pointed out that lack of such systems cost lives and damaged properties [... Read More]

Living in harmony, the best gift to Fourth King: PM

DSC_6179Anniversary: Students of Thimphu perform during the celebrations yesterday at Changlimethang

Year long celebrations begin to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary  Occasion: Long before the clouds cleared the sky for the hot November sun, Dorji Wangdi, 64, a monk from Trongsa was already seated at the gallery in Changlimethang stadium yesterday. It was an important day for him, as it was for people across the country, and the thousands who walked into the stadium to celebrate the 59th birth anniversary of the Dragon King, the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck. For the last one month, [... Read More]

Visit Bhutan 2015 – Broadening the client base

DSC_6334Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay launches the website and the calender of events at TCB yesterday

The year is also targeted at facilitating and promoting in-country travel as it were Tourism: The Visit Bhutan year, 2015, which highlights a series of tourism events across the country to commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth King, will serve as a platform to promote domestic tourism, besides attracting international and regional tourists. Speaking at the launch of the Visit Bhutan year website (visitbhutanyear.com) and the calendar of events for 2015, yesterday, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay stressed the importance of promoting [... Read More]

A birthday celebration with a special difference

r1Draktso students celebrate the birth anniversary of The Fourth Druk Gyalpo

Draktsho: The physically challenged students of Draktso vocational training centre for special youth and children in Trashigang joined the nation in celebrating the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the fourth king in their own special way. With contributions from Sherubtse College lecturers, the community-based scout (CBS) members from the college and a few lecturers celebrated the day by providing lunch to 52 students of Draktso.  A cake-cutting program dedicated to the fourth king was also organised. “When such national events take place, most physically [... Read More]

Funds received, work resumes

DSC_6238Work resumed after the government released Nu 35M

Construction has been held up since Sept. in the absence of GoI budget release Pemagatshel dozing: After receiving Nu 35m from the government, the construction of Pemagatshel dzong in Denchi has resumed since September. Work of the dzong construction was stalled for about three months after government of India did not release the Nu 100m budget for the financial year 2014-15. Because of the lack of budget, the project officials had to send about 25 non-Bhutanese labourers back home, as they did not have fund [... Read More]

Bhutan to face Nepal, today

unnamed-9The women national team at the opening ceremony

SAFF: Bhutan’s national women football team will face Nepal today, opening its campaign for the third edition of South Asain Football Federation  (SAFF) Women’s Championship, held at Jinnah Sports complex, Islamabad, Pakistan. The women national football team has undergone rigorous training in Bangkok, Thailand before leaving for Pakistan. The Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) has arranged a Thai football coach to help prepare the team for the tournament. In the opening match, yesterday, host country, Pakistan lost to Sri Lanka 1-2. Pakistani women dominated the game [... Read More]

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